Evolution is the crux of selective breeding. Without evolution, selective breeding would fail. Can you imagine trying to reach a breeding goal without any mechanism for change (i.e. evolution) or any mechanism to preserve that change in the population (again, evolution)? Why would anyone bother to even attempt to make selections in breeding if you couldn't work toward your goals?But lets drop evolution altogether. I was not presenting a case for or against evolution. Ever since mankind learned how to breed selectively, it has been recognized that evolution is too **** slow for our purposes. -peterloringborst
First, where would you be able to maintain isolated yards?But my idea with isolated yards is to use them as a place to breed healthy bees. -peterloringborst
But, more importantly, why would you want to? I would prefer bees that do not have to be isolated to be productive. Why not try to breed in locations that have similar conditions to what beekeepers experience, rather than isolated conditions?
Again, why? My bees are surrounded by bees from migratory operations. No isolation here. Yet I do not feel I have problems from pathogens in my bees. Why couldn't someone produce healthy bees in such an operation if his bees were healthy?Getting them away from pathogens is only one part of the picture. -peterloringborst
Just me, maybe, but I could care less if I had hygienic or mite-resistant stock if I had no mite pressure. I do not consider my bees to be at all resistant to Tropilaelaps, but I don't feel I need such resistance at this point. Someday maybe, but not now. So why would you desire mite resistance if you had no mites in an isolated setting? And how would you even know whether or not you had any mite resistance if you had no mites to test that resistance?Next would be to introduce hygienic stock or mite resistant stock. From there you would continue to select. -peterloringborst
Out of curiosity, where is disease rampant?But part and parcel with this approach is to breed healthy bees to bring into areas where disease is rampant. -peterloringborst